posted on May 8, 2019

Most adult Australians are currently preparing to vote in the Federal Election on 18 May. Although many of us may take this right for granted, there is no doubt that casting a vote and having your say on who governs our country is a fundamental constitutional right, and a hallmark of democracy. What many Australians … Read More >>

Victoria leads the way with measured and empowering voluntary assisted dying legislation

posted on April 16, 2019

Leading human rights lawyers have applauded the impending commencement of Victoria’s Voluntary Assisted Dying Act , noting it provides terminally-ill Victorians who meet the relevant criteria with the autonomy to make informed decisions about their medical treatment and the timing and manner of their death, while also providing appropriate safeguards to protect vulnerable people from … Read More >>


posted on April 6, 2019

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) applauds the  Federal Government’s establishment of the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disabilities. “This is a landmark day for Australians with Disability. Justice for those affected will finally be upheld” Kerry Weste, President of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights remarked. “The establishment of … Read More >>

Federal Budget slammed for neglecting Australians on low incomes

posted on April 3, 2019

Australia’s leading association of human rights lawyers has expressed extreme disappointment with the Federal Government’s limited commitment to supporting people on low incomes in last night’s Federal Budget. Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) says the only positive in the Budget is a one-off payment designed to assist with rising energy costs. However, Charlie Faulder, … Read More >>

What does the Federal Budget deliver for people with disability in Australia?

posted on April 3, 2019

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) commends the federal Government’s allocation of $527.9 million over five years for the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability. ALHR recognises that more than half ($379.1m) will go to the Attorney-General’s Department to not only run the Royal Commission but also to provide … Read More >>

Law reform is much needed if human rights are important to Tasmanians

posted on March 19, 2019

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has written to Tasmanian MPs to urge them to vote for amendments to the Justice and Related Legislation (Marriage Amendments) Bill 2018 currently before the Tasmanian Legislative Council. The Bill includes proposed amendments to the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1999 which will positively impact transgender, intersex and … Read More >>

School Climate Strikes: Children’s rights

posted on March 15, 2019

Leading human rights lawyers have spoken out in support of students’ right to attend today’s climate change strikes. Australian Lawyers for Human Rights President Kerry Weste said, “Today ALHR stands with children and young people around Australia as they exercise their internationally-recognised human rights to peaceful assembly, freedom of speech and to be heard.” “The … Read More >>

Australia slammed for refusal to support call for ‘access to safe abortion’ at United Nations

posted on March 13, 2019

The Morrison Government is facing heavy criticism over Australia’s refusal to sign an International Women’s Day statement at the United Nations, which called for safe access to abortion and improved sexual health education. A total of 57 states signed on to the statement which called for accountability for human rights violations perpetrated against women and … Read More >>